Leaving the Cage
“Actor Nicolas Cage returns stolen Mongolian dinosaur skull”
This is a real news headline found on Yahoo. It’s not April 1st. This is real life.
One of the reasons why people (myself included) love watching Nicolas Cage movies and searching for past interviews of Nicolas Cage is rooted in the headline above. He’s a uniquely strange human being who electrifies mankind with a talent and magnetism that hasn’t yet been discovered.
Not even the deepest reaches of an exotic rain forest has the answer.
“The actor bought the Tarbosaurus bataar fossil at a New York auction in March 2007” (AFP online).
The dinosaur skull is a part of the Tyrannosaurus family. And on a related note, a belated high-five goes out to America’s national treasure.
Sadly, Nicolas Cage didn’t track down the dinosaur skull by scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef and catching a rare fish that, when examined with a black light, revealed a specific scar that was the birds-eye view of an abandoned fishing village run by a skinny and intensely tan 83 year-old man with long white hair named Kiku who was holding in his possession a worn map that would lead to a specific patch of desert in Mongolia that contained the rarest dinosaur skull pursued by archaeologists from all around the world.
Instead, according to the Yahoo article, Nicolas Cage bought the skull (reportedly outbidding Leonardo DiCaprio) and unknowingly left the country with it in an illegal fashion. Mr. Cage is returning the skull without interference.
Kind of a bummer.
Nicolas Cage should always, always be able to ask someone, “Hey, do you wanna see my dinosaur skull?”
C’mon Mongolia, you’re better than this.